We begin the new liturgical year this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, Year C. And we also observe the monthly Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration begins at 3:00 PM and continues through Vespers (5:30 PM), followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to join us.
A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord. Before anything else I think we should consider the grace of the desert, the blessedness of the desert, which right from the beginning of grace has deserved to be consecrated to the repose of the saints. The voice of one crying […]
Notwithstanding the dire warnings of cosmic cataclysms and other fearful occurrences accompanying the end of the world and the return of Christ in glory, there are some more mundane tribulations that will beset those who do not eagerly desire or welcome his return. For those whose sole interests and preoccupations are with the pleasures and […]
According to the Fourth Gospel, Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist, who directed him to Jesus. In his turn, Andrew brought his brother, Simon Peter to Jesus. I wonder whether Peter had till that time dismissed his brother as a flakey “seeker” or left him to take the initiative and investigate what […]
Readings: Revelation 15:1-4; Luke 21:12-19 Today’s Gospel reminds us of what we may not wish to know: that catastrophe is part of human life, part of discipleship. Not even the Lord who calls us guarantees a smooth path. Catastrophe is not an index of poor choices, just as “success” is not an index of my […]
Due to a group cancellation, nine rooms are now available in the Retreat House, Monday, 17 December through the morning of Friday, 21 December. By the way, those are the evenings that we chant the Solemn or “O Antiphons” with the Magnificat at Vespers. If you had earlier tried to reserve a room at that […]
Christmas Eve, Monday, 24 December Vigils, Lauds, Mass, Sext, and None follow the usual Monday times 5:30 PM–First Vespers of Christmas 7:45 PM–Recital of Carols by Madelaine MacNeil, performed in Cool Spring House 8:30 PM–Christmas Vigils followed by the Christmas Night Mass The Gift Shop is OPEN extra hours on Monday morning December 24, 10-Noon, […]
Readings: Revelation 14:1-2, 4b-5; Luke 21:1-4 This morning’s reading from the Book of Revelation is a reminder of the liturgical character of this book, which abounds in hymns, canticles and heavenly ceremonies. It recalls the great drama of salvation which we re-engage through the liturgy; and that the drama of our lives and history is […]
The experience of suffering and the presence of evil in our world have a way of undermining our sense of gratitude. This is because all the good things we are blessed with can easily be cast into shadow by the hardships, disappointment, and trials of life. Indeed, this is not only a factor inhibiting gratitude, […]
The community Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Abbot Joseph Wittstock presiding and preaching. It is a non-work day for the community and we follow the Sunday schedule.